"He throws really hard, his arm angle, his slider, the sink on his fastball -- all those things make him really hard to hit," manager Chip Hale said. "Those are those impact, lefty arms that are hard to find."
"I still think my stuff is as good as it's been," said Burton, who typically uses a fastball-changeup combination. "It's just the beginning of spring training. Everybody feels pretty fresh. But I feel like the ball is really coming out of my hand pretty well right now."
Although Burton didn't have an awful year in 2014, he is hoping he can bounce back in some regards since his ERA (4.36) was well higher than his career ERA (3.44) and his strikeout total also dropped last season.
"There's a little extra motivation as well," he said. "So I want to reestablish myself as one of the better relievers in the game."
In an attempt to keep him fresh for the start of the season, the
He was limited to only 126 games last season. He has not played more than 136 games since 2007.
“We’ve got some talented arms in that bullpen,” McClendon said. “The competition may be even stiffer down there.”
"I've been looking forward to it, really," Bailey said. "Even in the offseason, playing catch and stuff, you see guys throw bullpens and in your mind, you think you can still do it. Getting out of a brace the first time, you think you can walk on the mound and throw, and that's not necessarily the case. It was kind of really rewarding, it felt really good."
Bailey, who is coming off September elbow surgery, is in danger of starting the season on the disabled list. The right-hander was limited to 23 starts in 2014, posting a 9-5 record with a 3.71 ERA. It was the first time in three seasons he finished with less than 10 wins.
While most of Seattle's pitchers are tossing live batting practice,
“This is by design,” McClendon said. “We’re just stretching him out a little more. Kuma is A-OK and everything is fine. He has no issues at all. I don’t think he needs the live BPs. The guy is such a technician, he gets more done in a bullpen session than he would in a live BP.”
Iwakuma was 12-6 with a 2.57 ERA in his first 21 starts last season before going 3-3 with a 7.88 ERA in his final seven outings.
“I kind of ran out of gas there,” he said through translator Antony Suzuki. “It wasn’t like I was very, very tired. I was just fatigued mentally and physically and that’s something I need to work on in spring training.
“I’m very excited (for 2015). It’s a different year compared to where I was last year. I’m very motivated. I look forward to the season and I’m looking forward to a good spring training.”
Ryan, who is seeking more playing time this season, hit .167 over 114 at-bats in 2014.
"I was in 'compete mode,'" Harvey said, per Newsday. "I wasn't holding back."
Harvey, who missed the 2014 season due to Tommy John surgery, is scheduled to make his spring debut March 6 against Detroit. It will be his first game action since Aug. 14, 2013.
“He’s progressing fine,” Yost said.